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Berber Women Still Making Argan Oil in the Traditional Way

Berber women in Morocco have been making argan oil for centuries in the same traditional way. They crack the argan nuts that fall from the argan tree to get to the argan kernels. Then they grind and cold-press the argan kernels in this type of stone grinder for the culinary argan oil. Cosmetic grade argan oil is ground in a semi-mechanical cold-pressing machine. Zweena Pure Argan Oil is bought directly from a women’s fair-trade co-op in Morocco that we visit regularly. Even today, the women make it the same way.

They explained that this process preserves the “integrity” of the oil.

No heated machines. All organic and cold-pressed.

Commercial manufacturers of argan oil use heated machines which destroy a lot of the healing properties and nutrients. Cheap argan oil is usually processed with heat and is less effective in moisturizing, softening, protecting and healing the skin, hair and body. It is bought in huge drums and it’s difficult to know how long ago the oil was pressed. Commercial operations typically ship their oil by sea and may take months to arrive. Zweena buys our argan oil in small quantities as soon as it’s pressed and we have it shipped priority air, arriving in 1-2 weeks. It’s super fresh!

 

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